Q. If I sign up how many classes can I attend at the center?
A. When you sign up you have access to unlimited meditation time at our center.
Q. How often should I attend classes?
A. As much or as little as you wish. We encourage students to attend as much as possible to see results and reach completion (program can be completed in 1-2 years). But our main goal is for you to be happy and this means you must choose the speed that brings balance and joy to your life.
Q. What are the roots (or lineage) of this meditation?
A. Unlike other meditative practices, that come from specific spiritual traditions, this meditation is somewhat new. This project started in 1996 after a man named, Woo Myung reached full enlightenment. Since that time he has worked for the past two decades developing different techniques (later established into the 7 levels) trying to perfect the method so others could reach a state of completion. Throughout the years as the different techniques were developed, students could reach various enlightenments, but were unable to reach completion themselves until 2012. As of 2017, there are 5,000 people who have reached human completion and the number is growing every year!
While the founder provides a standard guide (i.e. manuals etc.) and guidance to the meditation centers when needed, the centers around the world run autonomously from him. Instead, this project is emerging by hardworking people from all over the globe trying their best to share this message of hope with others as a result of their own positive and transformational experiences.
Q. What are the various payment options? Why do you offer a longer term agreement?
A. We have different payment options. We provide the option to pay for unlimited classes month by month or the option of a year/two-year agreement (at a discounted monthly rate). We have a long-term agreement simply to encourage our students to commit to the course that is the completion of all levels (minimum time takes a year, on average most people finish it in 2-3 years).
If you sign up for the agreement, you are absolulty free to cancel it at any time, however just like when canceling a gym membership we charge a small cancellation fee.
Q. What are the forms of payment?
A. Cash, credit or check.
Q. Is prior experience with meditation required?
A. No. The method is designed to be accessible to all people, regardless of education, age, experience with meditation etc. Even children as young as six years meditate and they grasp the concepts right away and love it.
Q. How many centers are available worldwide?
A. As of 2016, there are currently 345 centers in 41 countries around the world. Our community is budding as a grassroots effort, evolving gradually with greater cultural competency each day to share this sacred path with people from around the globe.
Q. How does the center/community operate both locally and globally?
A. Each center runs independently as a non-profit organization, with a separate board of directors and elected representatives. As a non-profit, our center and others operate using democratic principles that value the inherent equality and value of all members and share in mutual aid, which is True co-existence in action. When one becomes the mind of the universe collaboration and peace is an organic aspect of all human relationships.
On a local level, centers by geographical region gather for meetings on a regular basis. These meetings include attendance by board of directors, staff, and volunteers who meet to support each other to develop personally and professionally. Internationally, there are frequently (multilingual) conferences and workshop/retreats held across the globe, in the past they have been held in Japan, Argentina, United States, South Korea and more. The first and main center is located in South Korea.
The majority of the year, the founder of the method can be found traveling around the world providing seminars to peoples of all cultures and nationalities in order to share this unprecedented method, teach the principles of nature and spread his message of hope.
Q. Will I have to pay more per level?
However, following the completion of all of the levels, there is a "Cham-na education" workshop/retreat, which consists of action meditation; it is considered the finalization of the program. These educational workshops are held throughout the world (with room, board, and airfare it can be costly). The funds from these retreats are used as donations towards opening up new centers and/or assisting with struggling centers.
Your attendance is optional of course, as with everything related to your participation, however, after experiencing the benefits and authenticity of the method following the completion of the steps, it is rare that a student chooses not to attend.